• Currently coveting

    We're trying something new on Dirt Couture: Mainstream apparel but with a gardener's groove. First up - these super-soft alpaca ponchos. Easy to slip on on chilly summer nights. Cowl neck for extra warmth.

  • Don’t miss Free Fridays

    One of our most popular features is "Free stuff Fridays" when we give away all sorts of garden things from books to seeds to garden gadgets.
    Join the fun every Friday.

  • Grow food not lawns

    As commercial growers pump out more bland, backyard gardeners are getting good at growing their own. Find out about edibles, including chickens here

  • An eye for design

    Plants, rocks and pots are all good. It's how you put them together that counts. Check out our design posts for an eyeful of ideas

August 1, 2014

Free decorating book Friday!

Our readers enjoy snippets from the decorating blog, Peak of Chic, by Jennifer Boles. Jennifer’s new book, In with the Old: Classic Decor from A to Z, is a treasure box of ideas. Of particular interest to gardeners are topics like cachepots, floral and foliage prints, follies, garden stools, orangeries, potpourri, and treillage. But you’ll want this book just so you can find out what singeries are.

To win the book leave a comment telling us about your favorite item of home decor. The winner will be chosen at random, eyes closed, pinkie promise.

Last week’s winner of “A Garden Of Marvels” is Elizabeth Baker ~ yay!



July 31, 2014

Loving lantana

Brighten up your butterfly garden with mounding Mozelle (Lantana camera) from Monrovia, or try taller varieties as standards.

Gardeners in zones 10-11 can grow it year round, but this pretty one can be invasive as a perennial.

Daily Mail—-Who would send a flower arrangement into orbit?



July 29, 2014

They’re baaaaack!

The traveling nursery that used to be known as Laguna Hills Nursery has landed. Their new location? 1829 North Tustin Avenue in Santa Ana, site of an old Armstrong Nursery. Gary and Nancy have kept the name because they never went away. Let’s just say they were location-less for a year or so. 

Still lots of fruit trees to be had, perennials and edibles, citrus and fruiting vines. All healthy and ready to plant. Stop in and welcome them back or call 714-542-5600.

The new nursery rounds out the list of others on Tustin Avenue - making the street a nursery-hopping destination with Laguna Hills, Flowerdale, M & M, Upland Nursery and Village. Something along the lane for every gardener’s taste.

Newser—The lovely gardens at the Louvre are littered with large rats


July 25, 2014

The free book conundrum

Harper Collins sent me the book “A Garden of Marvels” for a give-away a few months ago and I might as well admit, up front, that I have been reluctant to do so.

Author Ruth Kassinger brings a bit of botany, horticulture history and steamy sex to her tales about the personal life of plants, and I love a book that entertains as much as it teaches.

If you like to crack a smile while you’re reading about Miscanthus (and who doesn’t?) get thee over to the comment section for chance to win the book. “A Garden of Marvels” is marvelous, but I’m finally ready to give it up.

Botany-wise tell us about strangest thing you ever saw in your own backyard. A winner will be chosen at random, eyes closed, pinkie promise.


July 23, 2014

The Five Million Dollar Rose

A fun fact to lug out the next time someone suggests you’re spending too much on plants—the Juliet rose cost $5 million. Okay, that’s not the price of a single rose bush, but it’s the estimated expense of the 15 years David Austin spent developing the popular rose.

Nature—-(Video) UC Davis says sunflowers are not just heliotropic but have their own internal clocks.



July 7, 2014

The crafty gardener

So….it turns out that you can craft stepping stones to your heart’s content with a product called Garden Molds. Beyond stepping stones, the company offers molds for pot feet, edging and plaques. Plus tutorials!

Think of the possibilities. Think of how many summer days you have make things. Think of the side business you can launch.

Daily Mail—Japanese scientist discovered with a bit of genetic modification how to make flowers live twice as long


July 2, 2014

Addams Family - the plant

Cousin Itt wasn’t one of my favorite characters on the Addams Family TV show, but the plant named after him, Acacia cognata ‘Cousin Itt’ couldn’t be cuter. This low growing shrub was introduced by Ball in 2010. According to San Marcos Growers, it thrives in sun or shade, in a pot or in the ground and tolerates drought like an out-of-work actor.

And unlike its namesake, it’s a looker.

Keloland TV —Most common cause of lost fingers say ER docs? Clearing clogged grass in the lawnmower without turning it off.


June 30, 2014

You got what it takes

So we’re acknowledging that Dirt du jour readers have some serious design chops. Some of our subscribers are the best in the biz in their regions. And then there are those that keep incredible gardens that are rarely seen by outsiders.

Don’t you think it’s time to show your stuff? Gardenista, the sister publication of Remodelista is collecting entries for their 2014 Design Awards. All categories are open until July 7: Best garden - amateur, Best Small Garden - amateur, Best outdoor living space, Best edible garden, Best hardscape project, Best professional landscape, Best garden shed/outbuilding. Bolded categories have few entries.

Just for fun, let’s see if Dirt du jour peeps can rock this thing.

TheSmokingGun: Spraying weedkiller in the face of neighborhood kids? Felony.